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    Frugal Ways to save $$ everyday?

    I would love to start a chat on all the frugal ways to save $$. I can start by listing a few that I use. I would love to hear yours.

    1. Dove or any other disposable face clothes. I take them on trips in my suit case. 1 cloth will wash your entire body. If I am only using them for my face I cut them in 4's. So instead of 40 cloths I get 160 cloth for the same price.

    2. Instead of buying expensive oil blotter papers, buy a box of perm papers. Very cheap and works great for blotting oily skin. You can also get a inexpensive business card holder to put these papers in and carry in your purse. Also if you are in the public rest-room and grab a toilet seat liner they also do the same trick. Sarah Jessica does this trick.

    3. For a quick de-tangler and to make your hair shiny and strong, after taking a shower apply a small amount of olive oil into damp hair. It will make your hair shiny and much stronger.

    4. I went to the container store and bought 2 of those tiny little lip gloss pots. Then I took my favorite lipstick that had run down to the end and picked out what was way down in the bottom and plopped it in the pot! Now just use a lip brush or pinky finger! When you visit a fancy department store the cosmetic counter often have these empty little plastic pots as well. Ask to try a sample of cream and ask if they have a little pot to put it in. Neiman Marcus and Sax do.

    5. I read this somewhere and it works great. Take a old pair of panty hose (clean) and put potatoes and onions in the legs, tying off each one as you go. Hang them in your pantry and they will breath and stay fresher longer. Then when you need one cut each one off at the knot and so on all the way up the strand.

    6. When it comes to portable and affordable stain fighters, it’s hard to beat the individually wrapped alcohol swabs found in first-aid kits. You can buy about 100 of them for $2 at any drugstore, then stow them in your purse for on-the-go emergencies. They’re especially adept at getting coffee and tea stains out of light clothing; the alcohol, however, can have a bleaching effect on dark clothes, so use caution. For best results, attack the stain immediately by rubbing vigorously with the pad, then wipe the area with a wet paper towel or cloth.

    7. Another drugstore staple with a secret superpower is baby oil. As long as you don't mind the slimy texture, this stuff will magically wipe away makeup, and it’s gentle on the skin and the eyes. For spill-proof traveling, try soaking some cotton balls in baby oil before your trip, then carrying them in a sealed plastic bag. You can buy a 20 oz. bottle for just $5.29 or lesss at the $1.00 store.

    8. The perfume samples in magazines. I use them in my bra and panty drawer, hang in closet or keep in my purse to smell good on the run.

    9. The white cards that come inside your panty hose package are great for kids crafts in the art box.
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    Great thread, I like it....

    I use the plastic 'credit cards' that they send as 'scrapers'. They don't scratch the item and work really well.


    There's more, I just need to remember them...lol

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    One of my most fruggle ways I can't do anymore. Anyways I would grow my own veggies in my backyard, and then make my own baby food. VEry easy boil the veggies, mash them, add some water. Pour into ice cube tray and cover.

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    Thanks for the tips ladies!!

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    Here is one or two more:
    • I use Oragel for Fire Ant bites, bug bites, and to stop the stinging of cuts and scrapes. Works like a charm! Stops the itch instantly!

    • To keep my necklaces organized and easy to get at. I hang them on a 4 rack pant hanger that I can just
    pull the pant hanger wand I want with the row of necklaces on that I need for the day. They can be kept in your closet so you can match outfits easy.
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    I have saved a lot of money by trading Entertainment book coupons with people on Craigslist. For my 7 year old's birthday I posted an ad looking for Skate King coupons and I ended up with about 4 of them which saved me about $24!

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    * grow my own veggies/fruits when I can (I made my own baby food too, when that was necesary)
    * collect coupons from family that doesn't use them, stock up on staples (toilet paper, paper towel, etc), when they are on sale AND I have coupons
    * just about everything goes into my little ones art drawer
    * freecycle & Spoofee
    * Anytime I see something on clearance, I think about any birthdays/etc anytime in the near future that the item may work for. example: my daughters bday is in may, but I already have a mermaid plate and cup set that I got for 1.49 (90% off), and a 20 piece matchbox car set that I got for 60% off.
    .. more too, as soon as they come to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonefive21 View Post
    ** Anytime I see something on clearance, I think about any birthdays/etc anytime in the near future that the item may work for. example: my daughters bday is in may, but I already have a mermaid plate and cup set that I got for 1.49 (90% off), and a 20 piece matchbox car set that I got for 60% off.
    Clearance is a biggie, do that all the time. Never walk the center aisles of a store (especially Target). Always for for the outermost end caps of their aisles. And they usually bury the clothing deep close to the changing rooms. Look for those little red tags...;)

    Good one lonefive! ;)

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    Never walk the center aisles of a store (especially Target). Always for for the outermost end caps of their aisles.
    I do that too! I buy a lot of my clothes and the kids clothes at the end of the season and put them away for next year. You save so much money doing that.

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    Here are a couple of more I remembered.

    • When I go on a road trip I will stop by Mc Donalds and get a large coke. Then the entire trip I always stop at a different one along the way and refill. Tee hee hee.

    • Scan your receipt.
    Sometimes things are scanned twice on your receipt when you checkout a the grocery store. Many places will give you the item for free if you catch the error before leaving the store.

    • I heard this. . .Defensive driving.
    Take the defensive driving course (available online for about $40) to get a better deal on your car insurance. It really works.

    • Twice last week this worked for me. My grocery had 10 for 10 and special buys on items. they had run out but before I checked out I went and asked the manager if he could check in the back both times at different stores they were out of the item I wanted but the managers gave me the larger same item for the same low price as the small on sale one! Seams to be working!

    • When I don't want to cook and I'm on a budget I will call up my favorite resturant and order a kids meal TO-Go. Many come with desert and a small drink and are around 1.99 to 2.99 each. Luby's you get 1 meat of your choice, 2 sides a roll and a drink for 1.99. Chilies the chicken fingers are the best and 1 side and a drink for 2.99. By ordering To-Go they have no idea if you have kids or not! I always play like I'm leaving them with a sitter. Really I dont have kids at all. LOL

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    i like to re-use my toilet paper. that saves a load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eabu View Post
    i like to re-use my toilet paper. that saves a load.
    Butt first, nose 2nd?

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    any combination

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    On Thursdays Bufflo Wild Wings has 50 cent bonless wings. So I try to get eveyone at work to order wings but I don't tell them they are only .50 cent so they pay full menu price, then I go pick them up and most of the time I get a free lunch!

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    My favorite way to save cash is to go dumpster diving. i find all kinds of great things that people just throw away. I have completely furnished my apartment with stuff off the curb. My computer desk, chairs, couches, dressers, book shelves, etc. You have to be careful not to get dirty or unhealthy stuff, but for the most part a scrub down with Lysol and Febreeze fix any minor problems. Looking around apartment complexes or places where college kids live (apartments, dorms, student housing, etc.) Heck, I even found one of my roomates on the side of the road.

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